Where the last two months have seen the love gods focused on matters of the heart and all things romantic, the focus was always going to shift this month, due to the fact that the Sun will always return to your relationship sector in September. However, what isn't the norm is for this to not only have already begun before the month even starts or for the focus to shift so dramatically. Over recent months the Sun, Mercury and Venus moved through your romantic sector, the bare minimum of planetary activity possible in any given year, putting the solar spotlight on matters of the heart, giving your heart a voice and thanks to Venus, creating some of the most potentially romantically charged weeks of 2016. Yet that's where it begins and ends and with all now gone, this short annual update is over and it's up to you to keep the romantic flame burning. If this year's romantic update was on the low key side, then the relationship focus couldn't be more different. You'll begin the month with Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships already in your relationship sector, working her magic in an effort to enhance your relationships and if single attract a relationship. With Venus leaving on the 24th September and the Sun returning on the 23rd September, this will see her mission to get to the heart of what you want from your relationships end just as the Sun's to get to the heart of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you begins. However, it's what happens on Venus' watch that changes everything, with lucky Jupiter's return to your relationship sector on the 9th September kicking off your biggest and most important relationship year in over a decade.
The stars have come out in force to make lucky Jupiter's final days in your romantic sector count, not only determined to exploit every possible romantic potential now, but getting the romantic flame burning in a way that it will continue to burn bright for months, if not years to come. Once Jupiter leaves your romantic sector on the 9th September he won't be back for another 11 years and your most potentially luckiest year for love in over a decade will technically end. Technically, because with the Sun here until the 24th September and Mercury until the 7th October the love gods won't just suddenly drop the ball, with some staying on to help integrate a powerful sense of what's possible into the means to walk the talk. If all Jupiter does is leave you with a sense of confidence and of what's possible then he's done his job, setting expectations in motion that will forever redefine your romantic parameters. The one planet absent is Venus, planet of love who left your romantic sector on the 30th August, but not before leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from love. This allows you to move into the month and its spectacular start with the confidence to make Jupiter's final days count and the extraordinary conditions that meet you from day one. From the get go it's clear something is afoot, with the 1st September not only hosting a solar eclipse and its potential for major and fateful new beginnings, but with Mercury in his first full day in retrograde motion by then, the doors open to the past and second chances as well. The doors to the past will remain open until Mercury turns direct on the 22nd September and to the future until the Sun leaves on the 23rd September. The love gods are working this month to transfer the power from them and onto you.
It was only in the closing hours of August that the romantic drought broke, yet what might begin with a small sun shower will very soon turn into a deluge that will soon have you dancing in the rain. Your biggest challenge this month is going to be balancing the extraordinary developments on both the romantic and relationship fronts, with the love and relationship gods both falling over backwards to offer as much support as possible. I guess it really is true what they say, that it never rains but it pours, except this is the kind of downpour you want. Things began to take a dramatic turn for the better on the relationship front when Saturn turned direct in your relationship sector on the 13th August, just 10 days after Mars returns to fire up your passions and fighting spirit. Having aligned last month, for the first time in your relationship sector in 28 years and for the last time for another three decades and having spent most of the year getting to the heart of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, Mars and Saturn continue to push your relationships forward all month. Even after Mars leaves on the 27th September your relationships will have taken on a momentum all of their own by then, with an incredible journey continuing. It's on the romantic front that the real surprises happen this month and while Venus, planet of love is still in her early days as you move into the new month, it's clear from the get go that the bar has been raised. Not due to leave until the 24th September, it's right in the heart of what are potentially the most romantically charged weeks of any year that your luck literally changed. For on the 9th September lucky Jupiter's return to your romantic sector kicks off your luckiest year for love and matters of the heart in over a decade. As a new stage of an ongoing relationship journey begins a major new romantic journey begins.
On both the romantic and relationship fronts there is a lot of support and also a call for confidence, though on both fronts it's more because of the support or the preparation that is taking place. After Mars' departure from your romantic sector early last month the love gods have stepped right back, but with Venus returning on the 24th September it won't be long before you realise that everything until now has been more a stepping stone. Until the 24th September Venus is more focused on things close to home, with home likely to be where the heart is, in what is an effort to make your life as love friendly as possible. While Venus' return will kick off what are always the most romantically charged weeks of any year, the months that Mars has already spent fuelling your romantic passions and fighting spirit is likely to have an impact. In the same way that Mars' extended visit has been a stepping stone to Venus' return, her return is the start of the last planetary push before your luckiest year for love in over a decade begins next October, with the love gods playing both a long and short game. In the meantime Pluto, in his final weeks in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, is sitting pretty this month, buoyed by the share number of communication gods on call, yet his final weeks before turning direct on the 27th September are set to be his best. This is all because of two events on the 31st August, where within the space of just a few hours Mercury, planet of communication turned retrograde in your communication sector and Ceres in your friendship sector. With the 1st September their first full day in retrograde motion, the final weeks of a major relationship review begin with the means and support for second chances when it comes to friendship and relationship building and especially when it comes to giving your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice.
There are two main camps emerging this month, one that is giving your relationships a boost and the other powering a major romantic comeback. Chances are you've been aware for several weeks that the tide has turned on the romantic front, thanks to Mars' return to your romantic sector early last month, just 10 days before Saturn's direct turn closed the doors to the past. Last month played host to the first alignment between Mars and Saturn in your romantic sector in 28 years and last for another three decades, something that has given your romantic passions and fighting spirit the power to move mountains if you have to and to bulldoze your way through any obstacles, challenge or excuse. With Mars not leaving until the 27th September and your romantic confidence, passions and fighting spirit remaining pumped until then, from the get go there is a need to come out fighting. It's not just that you're turning into a romantic warrior or you're ready to fight for love, but that it comes just as the past has let go its hold on you and any excuses or roadblocks no longer count. Even after Mars leaves your romantic sector on the 27th September with Venus, planet of love returning next month, this is just the start of an amazing romantic journey. In the meantime, while the relationship gods are nowhere to be seen and apart from the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 13th September to the 15th September there will be no relationship focus at all, your relationships get a major boost this month. This is all due to Venus' return to your communication sector in the final hours of August and lucky Jupiter's return on the 9th September, with the communication gods not just passing through, but setting up home for the next 15 months.
While there is likely to have been relationship pressure for some time, this will not only follow you into September but don't be surprised if everything comes to a head in the early days of the month. However, before you run for cover and stick your head in the sand this is nothing to fear and instead it's obvious that this is something the communication and relationship gods have been preparing for. With both planets in your relationship sector in retrograde motion, but also under pressure from the planets moving through Virgo, any buttons this is pushing is likely to come from old triggers and with this comes a chance for healing. However, what makes the 1st September so significant and so potentially game changing, is that this is Mercury, planet of communication's first full day in retrograde motion and while a Mercury retrograde phase can create the potential for mixed messages, misunderstandings and mistakes, with so many old buttons being pushed this is a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. Not due to turn direct until the 22nd September, Mercury will still be in retrograde motion with a lunar eclipse in your relationship sector on the 17th September exerting one last push to get everything out in the open, creating the potential for a major communication and/or relationship breakthrough. In a separate corner of the solar system Pluto, also in retrograde motion but this time in your romantic sector, is experiencing a very different situation. Surrounded by support a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane is fuelling a sense of romantic confidence and rebellion, determined to make the most of the doors open to the past and second chances. Yet it's on the 27th September that matters of the heart are set to experience a major resurgence, with the doors closing to the past and not only opening to the future but to something special.
Sometimes what is good news in one area of your life can be bad news for another, yet sometimes bad news is good news in disguise. If all this sounds like a riddle it's not, but an accurate description of what your relationships are not so much set to experience this month, but are set to shift to for the foreseeable future. The good news is all about you, with Venus' return to Libra on the 30th August bringing you to the start of a new Venus cycle of love and as well as bringing some much needed romance back into play, this gives your heart a voice weeks before your birthday month and new solar year is due to begin. More importantly Venus will be here when lucky Jupiter returns to Libra on the 9th September, kicking off not only your luckiest and most expansive year in over a decade, but opening the door to a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion. The bad news is that this is going to put pressure on Uranus, in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and until now, not having to worrying about balancing your personal and relationship needs. The first sign of any personal and/or relationship tension or pressure this might create will come when Venus and Uranus move into opposition on the 18th/19th September. However, this is when the third part of the riddle comes in, the one that can turn bad news into good news in disguise, for September just happens to be one of the most powerful months of not just 2016 but in three decades, when it comes to support from the communication gods. With the communication and relationship gods already working together and major breakthroughs possible, by the time Venus puts pressure on your relationships the support will be at its peak. With Mars in his final 10 days in your communication sector by then and especially as Venus is the planet of love and guardian of your relationships, this might see things come to a head but in a way that could trigger a major communication and/or relationship breakthrough.
While there should be a call to move into the month wearing your rose coloured glasses the reality is you don't need them, for a rose coloured fogbank of romantic nostalgia will lay over the first three weeks of the month. With dreamy Neptune in retrograde motion in your romantic sector until November there has been a strong sense of romantic nostalgia in effect for several months now, something that has a healing quality to it, but there has been some stiff competition from life itself. The game changer was Venus, planet of love's return to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 30th August, kicking off a 25 day nostalgic trip down love's memory lane which will run through to the 24th September. When Venus and Neptune, the planets of love and dreams get together and with both fuelling a sense of romantic nostalgia, this is the point where the fog rolled in and it will stay in effect until the 24th September. This will be enhanced, supported and validated by Jupiter's return to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 9th September, kicking off the 13 month wind down of your current 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion. More and more a sense of nostalgia will take hold and time spent daydreaming and taking time to hear yourself think will become more important. Even Ceres, making her first visit to your relationship sector in four years, is spending her first full day in retrograde motion on the 1st September, shifting your relationship focus to the past as well. With Pluto, your ruling planet in retrograde motion in your communication sector and Mercury, planet of communication spending his first full day in retrograde motion on the 1st September as well, on the romantic and relationship fronts the love, communication and relationship gods are pulling out all the stops to support a trip down memory lane and the doors this opens to the past and second chances.
With no planetary activity in your relationship sector the Moon's monthly visits have become a lot more important, even though this is likely to evoke strong emotional responses, push buttons and even create some personal and/or relationship tensions. Yet moving through from the 21st September to the 23rd September, these few days may belong to your relationships and may require you to pay attention, but the rest of the month belongs to the love gods and to a sense of romantic nostalgia that is set to become a lot more all consuming in the final days of the month. The two love gods on duty this month are Venus, planet of love and Uranus, planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected, one working through the laws of attraction and the other through the laws of synchronicity and the fact that they're on opposite sides of the sky and will move into opposition on the 18th/19th September, simply means the bar is being raised. In retrograde motion in your romantic sector Uranus is still creating the potential for serendipitous moments, but for now his focus is more on the past and second chances. At the same time, in a social and serendipitous part of your chart until the 24th September Venus is working through the laws of attraction and synchronicity to do the same, except her focus is on the present and on serendipitous moments and/or encounters that bring something new into your life. Yet there is a dramatic shift when, on the 24th September Venus moves into a nostalgic part of your chart and begins a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane, one that Uranus has already spent months preparing the way for.
While Venus, planet of love will end the month in a social and serendipitous part of your chart, until the 24th September she is out of action, tied up with helping out the professional gods. However, Venus knows she can take her eye off the boil because Ceres, dwarf planet and fellow goddess of the solar system has it covered. Ceres is making her first visit to your romantic sector in four years, a mission that began in July and won't run its course until April 2017 to redefine your romantic needs and priorities. For the most part Ceres is the planet that sets things up for the bigger planets to come in and steal the glory and in this case, with Venus returning to Capricorn in November that's when the full implications will be felt. However, this month there is not only plenty of romantic influence to go around, in the final hours of August there was a dramatic shift, with Ceres turning retrograde. As you move into the new month Ceres is in her first full day in retrograde motion, a sense of romantic nostalgia has kicked in and you're at the very start of a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane that will continue throughout the month and well into next month. By the time the Moon moves through your romantic sector from the 19th September to the 21st September a sense of romantic nostalgia will have taken hold, with romantically charged lunar vibes taking hold while, for the first time this year, the doors are open to the past and second chances. While this creates a month not only full of romantic influence but romantic nostalgia as well, your relationships get scant if any attention. The only time there is any direct focus on your relationships is during the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 23rd September to the 26th September, yet there is indirect support all month, especially from the communication gods. So long as you work to keep the communication lines open, your relationships are in good hands.
On both the romantic and relationship fronts you reach a point in the year when, with all the planetary activity for the year over and behind you, it is now more about the journey and on both fronts there is nothing but support and therefore a need for confidence. While the Sun, Mercury and Venus, the only planets to visit your relationship sector this year all left last month, with the communication gods on the job all year, they have taken your relationships under their wing. So long as you work to keep the communication lines open your relationships, past, present and future are in safe hands. However, the Moon will make two visits to your relationship sector this month, starting the month here but leaving in the early hours of the 1st September and then returning from the 26th September to the 28th September. This will always evoke some strong emotional responses and push some buttons, but with the communication gods on hand every lunar visit is another chance for a breakthrough. While romantic forces ran their course back in June Venus, planet of love has taken the spirit of romance under her wing and this month she's keeping the spirit of romance alive by merging it with a sense of adventure. Moving through an adventurous part of your chart until the 24th September, Venus will do her best to keep the spirit of romance and adventure alive and to give you the confidence to take some bold leaps of faith. With the Moon moving through your romantic sector from the 21st September to the 23rd September, romantically charged lunar vibes in Venus' final hours in an adventurous part of your chart should create some of the most exciting days.
While there may still be some relationship pressure and personal and/or relationship tensions may still be running high, they are not only about to run their course, but considering what's possible you wouldn't really want it any other way. While the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of September in your relationship sector, putting the solar spotlight on your relationships, while asking that you keep your eyes open and head out of the sand, this is where the similarities between this and any other year begin and end. While you will spend the first three weeks of September getting to the core of what your relationships need from you, when Venus left on the 30th August she left you with a clear sense of what you want and need from your relationships. Yet it is Jupiter's departure on the 9th September, not to return until 2027 that is the reason why the bar has been raised, working with you to raise and set the bar for every relationship experience over the coming decade. While this is a time of year when the focus is always on your relationships, it is in a here and now way, whereas Jupiter is here to build for the future. A solar eclipse on the 1st September creates an opportunity for major new beginnings or to draw a fateful new line in the sand, yet as fate should have it, with Mercury in his first full day in retrograde motion in your relationship sector by then, this comes while the doors are also open to the past and second chances. This is especially so when it comes to giving the past and unsaid words a voice. A lunar eclipse on the 17th September will see the final clash between your personal and relationship needs play out, but with support from the relationship and communication gods this is the point where a major breakthrough is also possible. From this point on things will only get better and over the coming months and years you'll look back at this time as the point that everything until now has lead up to and everything from now will lead on from.